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Dear Members,

The heat is on!  Summer is all about flip-flops and sunglasses, sunblock and iced everything.  It's also about super-hit movies!  How wonderful it can be, to relax in that air-conditioned theatre and let a story carry you away.  And isn't it great when a book you really enjoyed gets made into a movie? Something about seeing the characters up there in living color brings back the experience of reading the book all over again. I just won't miss a movie made from a great book! 

For those of you who love to see their favorite books come to life on the big screen, we have a great treat to announce.  One of the absolutely most-beloved books in the history of PaperBackSwap is being made into a movie - and some lucky members are going to get a free sneak peek!  It's just a little story you may have heard of, called

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© 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC

You can be among the first to see the new film of Kathryn Stockett's smash bestseller!  The official release date is August 10, but a limited number of complimentary advanced screening passes are being made available to PaperBackSwap members.  See the list of showtimes and locations below to find out if you can attend one of these showings. If you can, just go here and answer four questions, and then you will be entered in a random drawing (to take place July 21, 2011) to receive a free pass for two to an advance screening at one of the locations below. 

Fine print:  No purchase necessary.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on July 20, 2011.  10 lucky members in each participating city will be randomly selected on July 21 and contacted via email to receive an admit-two pass.  Full screening details and admission information will be on the pass.

Locations, dates and showtimes (all times are local time):

Tuesday,  7/26/2011 7:30 PM Austin, TX 78746
Wednesday 7/27/2011

7:00 PM

New York, NY 10003

La Jolla, CA 92037

Milford, CT 06460


7:30 PM

Washington, DC 20001

Orange Park, FL 32073

Thursday 7/28/2011

7:00 PM

Montgomery, AL 36117

High Point, NC  27265    


7:30 PM

Campbell, CA  95008    

Atlanta, GA 30363

If you can make one of these showtimes at one of these locations, enter the drawing by completing the 4-question survey and you could end up getting a free 2-person pass to see this hot summer movie before its official opening!  The drawing will take place on July 21, 2011 and winners will be notified by email.  We'll also announce the winners in the PBS Blog.  Thanks to Disney and Dreamworks for their generosity in making this possible.

Good luck, and stay cool!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Seen the movie?  Now read the book!  Try one of these riveting stories, currently available for swapping!

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  The Stepford Wivea by Ira LevinAll the beautiful people live in the idyllic village of Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied hubbies and their beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, a recent arrival with her husband and two children, it all seems too perfect to be true...  See other suspense books currently available for swapping.

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Seabiscuit; An American Legend by Laura HillenbrandThe electrifying story of a dumpy, crooked-legged racehorse who made sports history and was the single biggest news maker in the world in 1938. Three men who believed in him made an unlikely partnership, surviving a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.  See other Biographies and Memoirs currently available for swapping.

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P.S. I Love You by Cecelia AhernHolly couldn't live without her husband Gerry...until the day she had to. As a 30-year-old widow she is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed. A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.  Browse other General Fiction books currently available for swapping.

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  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineThis Newbery Medal winner brings us feisty Ella - at birth, she was inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestowed on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not Ella...  Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.
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  One Shot by  Lee ChildSix shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in -- no phone, no address, no commitments -- ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming.  Reacher's arrival will change everything -- about lives tangled in baffling ways, and a case that isn't what it seems. See other highly-rated mystery books currently available for swapping.

Selected books newly available in the PBS Market!

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Witches of East End by Melissa De La CruzThe three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic....  Browse Paranormal Romance books currently available in the Market.  

Retail Price: $23.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.49 (save 35%)

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Gone  by Michael Grant  In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE. — Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.... See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $9.99
n the PBS Market (Paperback): $5.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $8.49 (save 15%)
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Shadow Tag  by Louise ErdrichWhen Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary -- hidden where Gil will find it -- into a manipulative charade. Alternating between Irene's twin journals and an unflinching third-person narrative, Louise Erdrich's Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and the anatomy of one family's struggle for survival and redemption.   See more contemporary literature books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $14.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)

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Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. Some questions are better left unanswered.... Sara Gallagher is finally happy. Her antique furniture restoration business is taking off and she's engaged to a wonderful man. But there's one big question that still haunts her - who are her birth parents?  Then she discovers her biological father is an infamous serial killer who's been hunting women every summer for over thirty years. Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out your father is a killer is him finding out about you... See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.99 (save 36%)
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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy.  In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. This haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children, and tells a resonant, riveting story.  Browse other General Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $15.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)
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Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits and Shakes  by Todd Wilbur. Todd Wilbur shares his best-kept secrets for making knockoffs of your favorite drinks-right in your own kitchen and without spending a lot of money.  Make a Starbuck's® Frappuccino® or a Dairy Queen® Blizzard® - have a  McDonald's® Shamrock Shake® any day of the year! If it comes in a glass, cup, bottle, or mug, it's here for you to clone at home. See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Mark

Retail Price: $14.00
In the PBS Market  (Paperback): $7.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.49 (save 25%)


Have you caught the new Author Spotlight in the blog?   Last week we focused on author Barbara Hambly and her prolific and eclectic body of work.  This will be a recurring feature.  Check it out!  If you want to suggest an author for the Spotlight or want to provide a Spotlight article yourself, you can contact us at blog@paperbackswap.com.

There is a star among us...  One of our own PBS members, Tour Guide extraordinaire Ivy (PBSmaven) will be featured in an upcoming 20/20 episode about how a book (in this case, The Help - do we sense a theme here?) can change a life!  You can read more about it here - Ivy has promised to post the air date when she knows it.

Thanks to everyone who completed the PBS Survey!  We loved hearing what you had to say and your opinions really matter to what we decide to do next in the club.  Lucky winners of 5 Book Credits and $5 PBS money each were: hope4books, sireesanwar, RebeccaBabcock, jaygeyer and Marissa O.  Congratulations and happy reading to them!  This latest survey was sent out randomly, and don’t worry if you didn’t get one this time - you could get the next one when that comes around.


Don't forget the  Summer Blog Contest ...  Wherever you roam this summer, take your PaperBackSwap Gear with you and snap a photo of yourself with it (PaperBackSwap hat, t-shirt, magnet, cup, totebag, etc) - then submit it to blog@paperbackswap.com by August 31, 2011. Be sure to tell us where in the world you are in the photo!  We'll select the 5 best photos of the bunch and the Grand Prize winner will win 10 Book Credits plus $5.00 PBS money - and the glory, of course!   Four runners-up will also each win 5 Book Credits.  Visit the Kiosk and see all the great PBS gear available to order! 


There's still space for you on the first PaperbackSwap Cruise, February 4-9, 2012! This Carnival cruise is available to all PBS members and their guests; it will be sailing out of Jacksonville, Florida to the Bahamas. 5 days of fabulous fun!  Inside Cabins are $405 per person.  Oceanview Cabins are $439 per person. Oceanview cabins on the Carnival's Fascination are going fast, but there are plenty of interior cabins still available.  Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic.  Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.  




Even if you won't be able to go on the Cruise, you can share in the fun with a PBS Cruise T Shirt, available in the Kiosk. Snag one now, before they are all gone!



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PBS Local Chapter News

New Chapter Leader:

  • Samantha S. - Duchesssammi - Renton, WA area
  • Kriste B. - cakriste - Orange County, CA
  • John L. - pater47 - Central Mississippi
  • Trish O. - tjnavrn - Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area, FL

The North Texas Chapter  will be having a meeting on Sunday July 17th, 2011 at 3 PM, at the Carrollton library.  They'll be discussing Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information.

The Laveen Arizona Chapter will be meeting on Wednesday, July 13th at 11:30 AM to discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Contact lisaparks for location/more information. 

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


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Amanda S. (ABCatHome)

Amanda has been a member of PBS almost since the very beginning; over time, she has found multiple ways to help out with the club - as a Tour Guide (she's one of our Assistant Coordinators for the Tour Guide group), as Local Chapter Leader, and as Czar of the Book Bazaar Discussion Forums.   Comments we got with nominations of Amanda included:

"In between homeschooling, surgeries, multiple volunteering here, and who knows what else, she somehow manages to take on the task of moderating some difficult threads (Im thinking the Multiples Wish List thread) and still be polite, friendly, and not cranky!"

"She helped me with a Tour Guide Live Help Question I just couldn't solve...she is always helpful and always warm and friendly in her help."

"She does such a great job of keeping the Book Bazaar running smoothly, with patience and constant good humor.  She is one in a million!"

Amanda, you have achieved the greatest level of success that we know of - you are officially Not Cranky!  You are also Member of the Month for July.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - Can I swap magazines here?  How about comic books?  - Hopeful in Houston

Dear Tony,

We're sorry, but magazines and comic books can't be posted for swapping here.  They usually have advertising (which makes them ineligible for Media Mail postal rate), and they do not stand up well to multiple swaps.  You can read about what is "postable" in the Help docs "What can be posted for swapping here?" and "Is my book okay to post here?".  These docs are among the Help docs that are accessible from the Need Help? tab on the upper right of the Post Books page, and they're also in the Help Center. 

You may find someone who wants your magazines and comics in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum, but as always if you send unpostables to another member in a Book Bazaar deal, you do need to be sure that the other member understands that the item can't be posted to his or her account Bookshelf.

The Last Word:

  • Newsletter image As always, don't forget to start your Amazon shopping from the link at the top of the PBS site - when you do this, a small percentage of your purchase amount comes to us.  So whenever (and whatever) you plan to purchase on Amazon, start from the Amazon link at the top of the PBS site. It's an easy, free way to support the club!
  • Check out the Parade Magazine in your Sunday newspaper on July 24th - they'll be mentioning PBS!